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Morning Song – I Ain’t Heard You Play No Blues

Did you ever have a moment when you knew a romantic relationship wasn’t going to make it?

For the narrator of Steve Goodman’s “I Ain’t Heard You Play No Blues”, this is that moment.

Morning Song – Wang Dang Doodle

Noted composer and linguist Willie Dixon explains that wang dang doodle “meant a good time, especially if the guy came in from the South. A wang dang meant having a ball and a lot of dancing, they called it a rocking style so that’s what it meant to wang dang doodle“.

Dixon’s lyrics evoke a cast of characters as colorful as any that Bob Dylan later came up with, and Koko Taylor, Chicago’s own “Queen of the Blues”, makes “Wang Dang Doodle” her own on this 1965 recording (with Dixon singing backup).

Morning Song – Questions 67 & 68

I kinda feel like if these are questions 67 & 68 for your lover, then you’re probably missing the point.  (Shouldn’t they at least make the top 10?)

Nonetheless, a great song by Chicago, a band that for its first few albums practically created its own genre of rock-jazz.

Morning Song – Key To The Highway

Let’s stay in Chicago with Big Bill Broonzy’s version of “Key To The Highway”.  Broonzy was a key figure in the development of the Chicago electric blues scene in the post-war era; and you can hear that in this 1941 cut of “Key To The Highway”, even though the instruments are Broonzy’s acoustic guitar, Jazz Gillum’s harmonica and Washboard Sam’s (wait for it) washboard—about as “country” an arrangement as you could come up with.

Morning Song – Planes And Satellites

City kids have been looking up to the sky and dreaming of a better place since, well, as long as there have been cities.  (Think of The Drifters’ Goffin & King 1962 hit, “Up On The Roof“.)

Chicago-based soul-funk-jazz-rock band, Sonia Dada, captures the same aspirations in “Planes And Satellites”.  And you can’t not dance to it.  (I dare you.)

When I was a boy, I remember livin’ in the streets;
I didn’t have enough to eat; It was a misery, yeah.

But I could wake up and look up in the sky,
Hoping that God’s light would shine on me, yeah yeah

In the sky, in the sky, in the sky, in the sky, they got the planes and satellites;
Yeah, airplanes and satellites, whoa, whoa.

Morning Song – Fear

Christian rapper Lecrae with a meditation on Psalm 23, verse 4: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.

Morning Song – Chameleon

Sit back, stretch out, make whatever you’re doing today a little funkier and more enjoyable with Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon”.


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